Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the enthusiasm advantage is on the Republicans’ side this fall, but he understands why his commonwealth remains one of the closest of the toss-up states this fall.
“We Americans want our president to succeed — Democrat or Republican,” McDonnell told Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen as part of the Newsmaker Interview Kickoff series here at the Republican National Convention.
When pressed on why the polls had the two candidates so close, McDonnell said the “reservoir of goodwill” President Barack Obama amassed in 2008 had a long-lasting effect in some competitive states — including Virginia — and that the president could give “bright speeches.”
“This is a historic figure. He’s an affable person. He’s a good family man,” McDonnell said, but added, “this is not a popularity contest.”